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southampton official directory—-1920.
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great natural advantage of a d ouble high water, the second being about two hours after the first without any appreciable fall of the tide in the mean tirue, so that for ships requiring to dock, or for other purposes, there is practically high water in the Harbour for nearly four hours at every tide
Ships coming to the port of,Southampton will find the Town quay, belonging to the Harbour Commissioners, very advantageously situated, having a quay frontage of 4,500 feet, with convenient berthing & every facility for rapid discharge of cargo
The depth of water at the Extension quay is 33 feet at high water ordinary spring tides . & 31 feet at high water ordinary neap tides, with 20 feet at low water ordinary spring tides
A system of powerful & expeditious electric cranes is provided, lifting up to 12 tons, the first of their size & kind in the kingdom
The whole of the quays, pier, warehouses &c. are lighted by electricity
The railway lines on the qtiays, worked by locomotives in connection with the main lines of railways, run alongside the vessels,, & cargoes can be rapidly discharged into the railway wagons & immediately dispatched to any part of the kingdom
Goods intended for transhipment to any part pf the world by the Ocean Mail steamers " sailing from .the port, can be transferred at a minimum cost & with every facility & dispatch
There is excellent storage accommodation for corn & merchandise of all kinds in the warehouses on the town quay & adjacent thereto, the charges for same are low, & special arrangements can be made for particular kinds of ti'affic. Bonded stores & other goods can be accommodated in the bonded warehouse attached to the custom house on the quay
There is a weighbridge at the High street end of the Town quay-for use of the public at low rates
Ships can receive coals, water, ballast at these quays, generally without shifting their berths
Merchants or agents can employ their own labour, or obtain special low rates for landing, or shipping cargoes of all kinds, including weighing, warehousing, delivery &c. on application
Passengers, mails, specie, baggage &c. can be embarked or landed at the Royal pier, where the steamers come alongside the floating pontoon. The trains of the London & South Western Railway Company run to & from the pier head The Harbour BMooring buoys are laid down in the river Hamble & river Itchen for vessels of heavy draught to discharge cargoes for Chapel or Northam & for vessels with cargoes for Eling or Redbridge The Board have, in connection with the London & South Western Railway, erected a time signal on the South Western hotel, the position of which is lat. 50°, 53', 39" N. • long. i°, 24', 5" W. The signal is a ball dropped by electricity from Greenwich & is made once daily, with the exception of sundays & bank holidays.' The ball is hoisted about five minutes before signal & dropped at 10 a.m. Greenwich mean time
Harbotje Dues.
Tonnage Dues—i§d. per reg. ton. Colliers & coasting vessels are allowed to compound their tonnage dues at 1 /- per ton per annum
For vessels not exceeding 50 tons .. 1/6 ,, above 50 but not exceeding 106 tons 2/6
• ••• ... : 5/*
above 100 tons Harbour Light Dues—
For vessels under 100 tons
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,, ,, 1,000 ,, ... ... ' 2/—
,, ,, 2,000 ,, 3/"
,, above 2,000 „ ... ... 5/-
Mooring dues for vessels using the moorings
of the Board, id. peir reg. ton Pier dues & Quay dues on all vessels using the Royal Pier, Town Quay or other property of the Board, id. per reg. ton These dues may be compounded for at if- per ton per annum
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